Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.
Late winter and early spring can entail severe storm weather in many parts of the country. If you've been experiencing late winter storms recently and are worried about your HVAC equipment, you should take some precautions to protect equipment pieces from inclement weather.
Damage to your HVAC equipment could make everyday life in your home cumbersome and unpleasant. Fortunately, you can protect your HVAC equipment in the coming weeks by doing the following six things:
Have a working sump pump in your basement
A sump pump is not just important for protecting carpeting, walls, and other parts of a finished basement from water damage. It's also important for preventing flooding and submersion of HVAC fixtures that could destroy valuable equipment pieces.
If your furnace becomes submerged in water, it will suffer significant damage. With a working sump pump, you can protect HVAC equipment by preventing flooding of your ground floor.
Put a protective cover in place over outdoor units
If you have an outdoor AC unit or other outdoor HVAC units, you may want to consider putting a protective cover over it. This will prevent blowing objects from striking HVAC equipment and a damaging sensitive parts like your unit's condenser.
Secure loose objects in your yard
You can also protect outdoor HVAC equipment by securing objects in your yard so that they don't blow around and strike outdoor units in heavy winds.
Not only should you secure items like bikes, landscaping tools, and outdoor furniture, but you should also inspect vegetation in your yard and remove any branches or trees that are likely to fall over or come loose and blow around.
Take advantage of surge protection equipment
Many different types of HVAC equipment must connect to a home's electrical system to function. In the event of a storm, any appliances that are connected to a home's electric system could potentially be damaged by electrical surges.
You should have surge protection equipment installed to prevent electrical damage to HVAC units.
Ensure that your attic is properly ventilated
An attic with ventilation problems makes it more difficult for a home's HVAC equipment to function efficiently and effectively. This is especially true when temperatures drop during late winter storms, and icicles develop along a home's eaves as precipitation melts and refreezes.
Icicles can break off and fall down on outdoor HVAC units. This can damage outdoor units and also create a safety hazard.
Have your attic ventilation inspected and make sure any vents that you have installed are functioning properly.
Have a generator in place in case of a power outage
A power outage could create a lot of HVAC problems in your home. If your home relies on electric heat, your electric furnace or heater isn't going to be able to function at all after a power outage unless you have a backup generator.
Contact a company like AIR PRO SERVICES for more information and assistance.